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Olympics: 23 athletes caught out after London 2012 drug retests

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:32
• IOC statement reveals failed tests after reanalysis of samples
• ‘We want to keep the dopers away from Rio,’ says Thomas Bach

Twenty-three athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games from five different sports and of six different nationalities returned adverse analytical findings on doping tests after samples were reanalysed, the International Olympic Committee has said.

“These reanalyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping,” said the IOC president Thomas Bach. “We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now. I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all the decisions on behalf of the IOC.”

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José Mourinho is seen as a route to title but 128 years of history are against him | Jonathan Wilson

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:30
As Mourinho arrives at Manchester United, he has to buck a trend in English football where only four managers have won the league with more than one club

Who are the greatest managers in English football? Let’s for the sake of ease look at any manager who has won two or more league titles since the second world war. There are 15 and, while cases could be made for the likes of Bill Nicholson, Alf Ramsey, Ron Greenwood and Bobby Robson, it seems a reasonable starting point. They are: Matt Busby, Harry Catterick, Brian Clough, Stan Cullis, Kenny Dalglish, Alex Ferguson, George Graham, Bob Jackson, Howard Kendall, José Mourinho, Bob Paisley, Don Revie, Bill Shankly, Arsène Wenger and Tom Whittaker.

Related: José Mourinho appointed Manchester United manager on three-year contract

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23 test positive from London Olympics

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:25
Olympic chiefs announce 23 competitors at the London 2012 Games have failed retrospective doping tests.

McIlroy aims for repeat of summer 2014

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:19
Rory McIlroy hopes to build on a first Irish Open success by emulating his summer of 2014, when he won the Open and US PGA titles.

Gray steps up to join Muirhead's rink

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:04
Lauren Gray is joining Eve Muirhead's rink in the position of lead following the departure of Sarah Reid.

The day USA beat Argentina at Copa América: 'Simeone threatened to kill us'

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:00

The tournament kicks off in the US next week. But it was the 1995 edition that helped lay the foundations of a new era in American soccer

When you have Diego Simeone’s attention, you know about it. “We were warming up in the tunnel, and Simeone was cursing us out and calling us all kinds of names,” Eric Wynalda says, as he recounts the day USA took on Argentina at the 1995 Copa América. “I said to Claudio [Reyna] at one point: ‘This guy does know we speak Spanish, right?’”

The pair were staring each other down before a meeting that summer in Uruguay. Argentina had comfortably qualified for the quarter-finals after wins in both their opening games. Meanwhile, the United States knew that they would have to match or better Bolivia’s result against Chile to advance. “Simeone and I got into a pushing fight in the tunnel before the game,” Wyanlda says. “I pushed him up against the wall, and I told him I was going to smash his face in, and I’m sure he told me something similar. I think that was my way of saying: we’re not backing down from you guys, and we’re not afraid.”

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Didier Deschamps to take legal action against Eric Cantona over race claims

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:57
• Cantona told Guardian Deschamps may have left out players on racial grounds
• France coach’s lawyer describes statements as ‘slanderous and defamatory’

Didier Deschamps will file a legal complaint against Eric Cantona after his former France team-mate controversially suggested the squad selection for Euro 2016 may have been racially motivated, Deschamps’ lawyer said on Friday.

Related: Eric Cantona believes Didier Deschamps may have left out France players on racial grounds

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Reading sack manager McDermott

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:33
Championship side Reading sack manager Brian McDermott, with his second spell at the club lasting just five months.

French Open 2016: Andy Murray v Ivo Karlovic – live!

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:32

11.32am BST

While we wait for Murray and Karlovic, the match before them on Suzanne-Lenglen is something of a humdinger. Naomi Osaka is the rank outsider against Simona Halep but she took the first set off the sixth seed and they’re into a third and still on serve.

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No player has been in better form on clay than Andy Murray in the past 12 months, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and the sorely missed Roger Federer. On a surface he used to view with suspicion that bordered on despair rather than contempt, Murray used to move as smoothly as a Manchester United managerial appointment. But he has found his feet on the dirt, winning titles in Munich, Madrid and Rome, beating Nadal and Djokovic, securing the Davis Cup for Great Britain by defeating Belgium on the clay almost single-handedly (he had some help from big brother Jamie in the doubles).

All of which meant that he arrived in Paris strongly favoured to win the French Open for the first time, the second favourite behind Djokovic. You can make excellent arguments for defending champion Stan Wawrinka and nine-time champion Nadal as well but Murray’s recent form on clay cannot be ignored.

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Reading sack Brian McDermott as manager for the second time

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:24
• McDermott had been relieved of duties in 2013 after first spell in charge
• ‘After careful consideration, the board have taken [a] difficult decision’

The Championship side Reading have sacked Brian McDermott as their manager for the second time.

The 54-year-old took the Berkshire club into the Premier League during his first stint in charge, but was axed in March 2013 with the team stuck in the relegation zone. Reading appointed Nigel Adkins as McDermott’s replacement, but he was unable to prevent an immediate return to the second tier. Steve Clarke replaced Adkins in December 2014, but was sacked after just under a year in charge, prompting McDermott’s return on 17 December.

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England give Teimana Harrison his debut in Test against Wales

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:02

• Harrison replaces the rested Chris Robshaw at Twickenham
• Jack Clifford wins first start at No8, James Haskell at openside

England will give Teimana Harrison his debut in Sunday’s Test against Wales at Twickenham after selecting the New Zealand-born back-row in place of Chris Robshaw.

Harrison is picked at blindside flanker in a straight swap for Robshaw, who is also omitted from the bench after being rested by the head coach, Eddie Jones, in advance of next month’s tour to Australia.

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Edinburgh sign up winger Northam

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:00
Pro12 side Edinburgh add former Australia Under-20 winger Alex Northam to their squad for next season.

Nicola Adams wins world boxing title to complete full gold-medal set

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:56
• British flyweight overcomes Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in Kazakhstan
• The first world title for Adams after three consecutive silver medals

Nicola Adams has been crowned world champion for the first time after a split decision win over Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in Kazakhstan.

Victory for the 33-year-old secures the one major title that had eluded her after picking up three consecutive silver medals in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

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Michael Clarke prepares for cricket comeback at Hong Kong T20 Blitz – video

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:46

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, speaking in Hong Kong on Friday, says he is ready to return to domestic cricket after a year away. Clarke retired from international cricket in 2015 following a poor Ashes performance against England. Clarke says he feels motivated ahead of his comeback at the Hong Kong T20 Blitz at the weekend

England v Sri Lanka: second Test, day one – live

Guided missile technology being used by Australian bowlers in preparation for Ashes

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England v Sri Lanka: second Test, day one – live!

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:43

10.43am BST

Speaking of county cricket, this will please the beleaguered Nottinghamshire fans among you.

Nottinghamshire will have @JakeBall30 in their side for Champ match v Durham, which starts tmrw #bbcsportsday pic.twitter.com/UPcUAK7YFk

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I’ve had my first email! From Lee Henderson, who I believe is down under. “If Jimmy can wrap this up with the help of some non-Lankys in record time(two days),” he writes, optimistically, “can we have him back for the more important Roses game on Sunday?” Ah, Lee has an agenda. It’s Lancashire v Yorkshire on Sunday in the Champo. Top v second. Promotees v Champions. Should be a belter.

Want to get in touch? Pithy thoughts to @willis_macp and longer ones to my extremely long email address: will.macpherson.freelance@guardian.co.uk. Come at me.

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Manchester United confirm José Mourinho as new manager – live!

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:42

10.42am BST

The graphics wizards at Guardian HQ have put together this club-by-club guide to José Mourinho’s career so far

10.38am BST

More on that first press conference:

Mourinho media 'unveiling' likely to be early July, probably the week commencing July 4 when #MUFC resume first team training

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Talking Horses: Friday’s best bets plus all the latest racing news

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:40
Ryan Moore is the jockey to look out for back on his hometown turf at Brighton

Fresh from a double at the Brigadier Gerard meeting at Sandown last night, Ryan Moore is back on his hometown turf at Brighton this afternoon for four rides - three favourites and a joint-favourite. The way he is riding at the moment, a four-timer is a distinct possibility.

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Steve Kerr defends Stephen Curry's performance against Oklahoma City – video

Guardian Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:38

Steve Kerr, head coach of Golden State Warriors, gives his reaction after his team beat Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 in Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals. Kerr defends Stephen Curry against criticisms that he only played at 70 percent during the game. Thunder coach Billy Donovan says the team needed to finish more plays but adds they played well

Image: Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors reacts after scoring in Thursday’s game. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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Ched Evans rape retrial in October

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:37
Footballer Ched Evans' retrial for rape will be held in October, a High Court judge announces.

GB's Adams wins world flyweight gold

BBC Sport - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:36
Nicola Adams completes her full set of international honours by winning flyweight gold at the AIBA World Championships.